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Friday, 12 May 2017

Your YouTube #116

Oh my goodness, speaking to a classroom of children about a career in YouTube was petrifying. I don't know how teachers stand up in front of a class every single day. However, they really enjoyed the talk and I have had a few ask me extra questions since! It's been a good week. I have been busy, and the B&B is really full this weekend. I'm beginning to count down the days to BlogOn in Manchester next week, and then half term, when we are going away camping as a family!

The video I have chosen this week comes from Emma, who vlogs at Free From Farmhouse. I loved her video on indoor skydiving because it was so clear that she absolutely loved the experience. It looks like a wonderful way to enjoy skidiving, without having to jump out of a plane. Definitely something I would be up for trying!


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Starting Tennis Lessons with #Tennisforkids #ad

I’ve been asked by The Lawn Tennis Association to share our experience of their fantastic Tennis For Kids Programme. It is a wonderful initiative which aims to introduce tennis to children who haven't tried the sport before. The lessons are free, run over six weeks and your child is given a free tennis racket for the duration of the lessons and to keep afterwards. This year there were over 24,000 places for children across the country. To see if there are any lessons still available, check out the LTA's website. The Tennis For Kids programme teaches children the basics from how to hold a racket and develop a rally. They're aimed at children aged between five and eight years old.

Tennis for Kids First Lesson

Friday, 5 May 2017

Your YouTube #115

I have finally had my week back at work with both children at school. It's been pretty busy, but definitely a little more relaxing than when they're here and I am trying to work around them. On Monday we went to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and I shall be writing a full review in the next couple of days. We had a wonderful time and it was great because my daughter is just tall enough to go on some of the big rides. Today I am speaking in a school about YouTube and I'm a little nervous, but it should be really exciting (when it's over)!

The video I have chosen this week comes from Rebecca who vlogs at My Life With Izzy. She is brave enough to let her four year old do her make-up. To be honest I was quite impressed with her daughter's make-up skills, but the end outcome is quite entertaining.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Food and nutrition advice from Rick Hay #SwisseFamillies

As part of my partnership with Swisse, I have been working with Rick Hay, a Nutritional Physiologist, who has been giving me nutritional and exercise advice, to compliment the supplements I am taking. After many phone consultations, I was excited to actually get to meet Rick in the flesh! We met at Keelham Farm in Skipton, which is a farm shop selling fantastic produce and it also has a wonderful cafe inside the store. 

Rainbow superfood salad

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

April Month in a Minute 2017

April has been a full-on month. It began with my first ever trip abroad alone, a short break in Amsterdam for VidCon Europe. I had an absolutely amazing time and met some truly inspirational and wonderful people. I hope there will be another next year as I would love to go again. April has also been the month that the B&B has really picked up. We have been so busy, which has been very nice, but a bit of a shock to the system! Over Easter we had some really lovely guests stay, you know when sometimes you meet people and you feel as though you have known them forever. We ended up going for a walk with them and spending a few hours each day for the five days they were here.

We have also managed to fit in a break to Blackpool and a flying visit to Leicester (to get a tooth fixed and visit Alton Towers). It's been a good month, albeit a jam-packed one.


Friday, 28 April 2017

Your YouTube #114

I was so looking forward to a week of the children being back at school after the Easter holidays. It's tough when you're running a business from home and the children are at home too. Sadly it wasn't to be as my son threw up after a trip to Alton Towers on the last day of the holidays and he then had to be off school for the first 48 hours back. He was bouncing off the walls and was absolutely fine. I have had the last couple of days alone, and am enjoying it. I'm looking forward to a long weekend with the family too.

Molly Forbes' video really made me giggle. She make us all realise that winging it is pretty much the biggest part of parenting! Potty training a toddler is stressful at the best of times and Molly's video about what not to do had me laughing out loud. We have all been there and know exactly what she's going through.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Your YouTube #113

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We were really busy in the B&B, but have managed to grab some wonderful family time in the midst of it all. We have just got back from Blackpool where we escaped for a few days before the B&B gets busy again this weekend. I am so far surviving VEDA. I've struggled with some content barely getting any views, but I guess that is part of the learning curve. I have definitely enjoyed doing it though and am very pleased that I have managed to keep it up so far. Only ten more days to go!

This week I've chosen a video from Linsey Leigh at Raising Boys and Beyond. She took the opportunity of a beautiful day to go for a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon. They visit the butterfly farm and see some wonderful creepy crawlies! It looks like a great place to visit and Stratford-Upon-Avon is such a beautiful town. We haven't visited since before we had children, but watching this vlog definitely makes me want to go back.


Friday, 14 April 2017

Your YouTube #112

Oh my goodness, what an incredible weekend VidCon was. I had such a wonderful time and met some amazing people. Check out my channel for some videos from the weekend. I really had a fabulous time. I would highly recommend that you go, if you ever have an opportunity to do so.

This week I've chosen a video from Bex at Bex Morts. She has put together the cutest toddler Easter Basket and has some lovely little things for her son this Easter. If you are still looking for ideas then you can check out her video and have a look at the bits she bought. We will be doing an egg hunt for our B&B guests and our children. I love watching them all hunting for the eggs!


Friday, 7 April 2017

Your YouTube #111

It's been a crazy-busy week and I have been getting ahead with filming and editing before I head to Amsterdam. By the time this post is published, I will be on my way there! I am so, so excited to attend VidCon, but it's been a busy week of scheduling YouTube videos. I am hoping to do a YouTube Live from the conference on Saturday, so keep an eye out on my channel.

This week I've chosen a video from Janie at The Hedge Combers. Janie lives in a small holding in Cornwall and has a great series on her YouTube channel of VW Campervan Recipes. These are usually one pot recipes which are quick and simple to make. They would be amazing if you are camping, but to be honest would make a quick and easy meal at home. This bacon and black olive pasta looks particularly delicious and I will definitely be trying it out when we go camping in May.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

My copper bathroom makeover

When we started renovating the B&B in January I had my heart set on a copper bathroom. I know copper is a huge trend right now and yes, there's a chance that it might date, but I love it so much. This is in one of our guest bathrooms. It's a big room with high ceilings and we even needed scaffolding to paint the ceiling! I had researched which colours went with copper and looked at greys to complement it, but decided on a really deep teal in the end as I hoped it would give the room a little more warmth.

Copper and teal bathroom
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